Analysis

Guidelines promoting children’s physical and mental well-being largely overlook nurses’ role

The Department for Education has published draft guidance for schools in England to help children manage their academic, personal and social lives and become well-rounded individuals – but the RCN belives it is a mistake not to involve school nurses more 
Primary school children and education

The Department for Education has published draft guidance for schools in England to help children manage their academic, personal and social lives and become well-rounded individuals – but the RCN belives it is a mistake not to involve school nurses more

Establishing the building blocks to help children grow up happy and healthy is a challenge that has exercised successive governments.

With one in ten children and young people affected by mental health problems, according to the Mental Health Foundation (2018), and Ofsted (2018) reporting that one third of primary school children are overweight or obese, the challenge is enduring and difficult.

To encourage schoolchildren to make informed decisions about well-being, health and relationships that will serve them well in adult life, the Department for Education has published draft guidance for schools in England managing their academic, personal and social lives.

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